SLOHS Connect, Friday, September 19, 2014

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From the desk of Leslie O’Connor, Principal

Recent changes to the SLOHS library

The SLOHS library is a hub of activity on our campus. Our fantastic library staff, Jennifer Sawyer and Mary Dornish open earlyand close late so that students can have access to the latest reading and research materials, Wi-Fi and the 50+ computers with 19″ monitors. The new furniture and “coffee shop” feel makes the library a place where students want to be! Our after-school tu-toring program is up and running with a math teacher available Mon-Thurs until 4:30 PM, as well as peer and Cal Poly tutors available daily until 5:00 for general academic help. A new Writing Lab is now open on Mondays from 8:30-9:30 AM for writing assistance. Come and check out the changes and additions to our library the next time you are on campus, or visit the library website at

Band Fundraiser

Thank you to all of the students, staff and parents who came out and supported our school band fundraiser on Saturday night atthe Elks Lodge. The fundraiser was a success. We raised close to $5,000 through the evening’s activities. The Oktubafest Tuba Ensemble (local players gathered for the event) created a festive mood, leading the crowd in toasts and even the “Chicken Dance”. We especially want to thank Diane Dzukola, Jennifer and Jerry Jordan and the committee of parents for their help in creating this festive fundraiser for Band.

Academic Awards

Parents please be on the lookout for Academic Excellence certificates coming home with students on Tuesday and Wednesday.The SLOHS Administrative team will be awarding the certificates in 2nd period classes next week. Congratulations to all the students receiving the awards for their hard work and dedication to their studies.

California High School Exit Exam Pre-Assessment

On Friday, September 26 we will administer our diagnostic CAHSEE pre-assessment to all 10th grade students in their math and language arts classes. Students and parents will be able to use the assessment results to help prepare for the CAHSEE exam in March.

Club Rush day

Thank you to all the students, staff and ASB for hosting the largest Club Rush day in school history. We saw many students on campus joining clubs, building relationships and sharing in goodies. It was wonderful seeing so many students get connected to the various organizations on campus. Get connected, stay connected!


It was a busy week with our Girls’ Volleyball team as they hosted another super successful 45 team volleyball tournament on campus. Thank you to all the parents for volunteering their time to help host this event. Girls’ Volleyball are currently 9-2 and off to another fantastic start as they enter league play. Coach Pat Johnston and the Boys’ Varsity Football team won their first game of the season with a come from behind win on the road against Oxnard. Cross Country had a very successful meet at Morro Bay last week with William Ernst taking 1st place in the Boys varsity run. Good luck this weekend to the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Cross Country teams as they travel to the Ojai Invitational. Boys’ Water Polo had a tough loss away to Rigetti High School but the boys remain upbeat and are looking forward to the rematch, and are 7-1 overall. Girls’ Tennis had two good league wins over Paso Robles and Righetti but had a hard fought loss to Arroyo Grande yesterday. Congratulations to Girls’ Golf for winning the PAC 8 Mini Tournament. The Tigers were led by Neha Sikand, Lisa Figueroa, and Bee Soll. Go Tigers!

Local writer Kicks off Nationwide tour at SLOHS

We are excited to announce that on October 1st, SLOHS will be the first stop on author Jay Asher’s “50 States Against Bullying” nation-wide tour. Asher, author of the New York Times bestselling novel “13 Reasons Why” will be here for an all-school assembly to discuss his book, why he wrote it, reactions from readers, and why we should all care about how our actions and words affect each other. You can learn more by clicking on the library link from the SLOHS website. Students and staff can stop by the library to check out a copy of his book, and representatives from Barnes & Noble will be on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 30th selling copies of the book for $10 to be signed at the event.

Choir Picnic next week

Parents, students and staff are all invited to our Fall Choir Picnic on Thursday in the quad in front of the main administration build-
ing. Please bring a blanket and picnic items and listen to our award winning Choir perform. The event starts at 5:30pm. Our Choir will sell desserts and refreshments on site. Sine musica nulla vita.

Literature being distributed in the parking lot

On Wednesday afternoon students and parents alerted us to the fact that members of the public were distributing literature on the fringe of campus. Thank you parents and students who notified us, we will work to ensure that this does not happen again.

Happening next week

Monday: Teachers will collaborate and lead each other through a series of learning circles centered on technology during TCT. 1st period classes will begin at 9:30 for all students.

Tuesday: ELAC Meeting Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday: Parents of the Class of 2015! Don’t miss “Senior Year 101” presented by our counselors. We will cover upcoming important dates, college applications tips and Scholarship info in J-2 at 7PM.

Friday: Students come out and cheer on the Tigers next week at Morro Bay High School. We will sponsor a Rooters bus to Morro Bay football game. $10 will get you entrance into game, jungle t-shirt or spirit towel, and round trip transportation. Seating limited to first 45 students. The bus leaves SLOHS campus at 6:00 PM and returns to campus around10:00 PM.

Friday: The Principal Parent Advisory will meet on Friday from 8:30-10:00AM in room 508 (Career Center). Everyone is welcome to attend and meet with the Principal to give feedback regarding our school.

Enjoy your weekend!